Stress affecting students physically and mentally

Paige Saffley is busily taking notes and studying for her all her classes.
Paige Saffley is busily taking notes and studying for her all her classes.
Paige Saffley is busily taking notes and studying for her all her classes.

Paige Saffley is busily taking notes and studying for her all her classes.

By Yera Nanan |Staff Writer|

A common complaint that students are having to deal with is tiredness and fatigue every day. It almost feels that being a college student can be miserable, stress is more than likely the culprit.

Quite a few prolific research studies done on stress affecting college students have lead up to some negative outcomes.

“One out of every five students in the United States feels stressed out most of the time,” stated Mental Health professional Kirsten Schuder.

“One in ten students even go on to have suicidal thoughts. This is not that much of a surprise considering that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students,” according to Schuder.

The plague of stress is prevalent at CSUSB with over tens of hundreds of students being affected by it each day.

Sierra Brown, a first-year cheerleader, gave an analysis of stress that most freshmen deal with.

“My brain just gives up,” explained Brown when she cannot find the time of day to schedule what needs to be done for school.

She’s not only a cheerleader who has events to perform at but she’s also a team member at Target whose initial shift starts at 3:30 a.m.

“Physical, psychological, behavioral, and academic difficulties were the cost of stress for college students,” as described by Ruby R. Brougham in his article “Stress, Sex Differences, and Coping Strategies Among College Students.”

Stress can even affect those of us who don’t participate in extra-curricular activities and/or have a job.

“Personally, I get like, pimples when I’m stressed…it brings a depression towards me,” said student Christian Eliam,

There are even more serious cases found among students that interfere with certain eating habits.

Nadia Almusleh is a sophomore majoring in law who has an interesting case of how stress affects her as well.

“There are some days were like I can’t even eat and some days where I have to eat everything,” said Almusleh.

There’s never enough time in the day it seems since she works long hours as a cashier while taking a full schedule of classes at CSUSB.

Stressing about being a student will sometimes cause her to mess up orders and do the math wrong at the register while at work.

“College stress levels were often associated with cognitive deficits, illness, increased rates of depression and anxiety, and decreased life satisfaction,” according to Brougham.

Nia Norwood, who is a sophomore as well has an experience that’s a bit different from the others when dealing with stress effects.

“Sometimes I’ll eat a lot I guess, so I gain weight…I can’t go to sleep sometimes,” said Norwood.

With all of this being said CSUSB has a lot to offer its students in coping with different cases of stress. Students dealing with known symptoms from stress such as anxiety or depression can always consult a psychiatrist from the health center.

Whether being counseled individually or in a group setting the psychological counselors at the health center are here to accommodate your specific needs.

There are two special events happening on Nov. 8 and 16 dealing with anxiety and relaxation techniques at the lower commons.

To find out more information visit: CSUSB Counseling and Psychology Services

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